The flu is wreaking havoc on the respiratory systems of many Minnesotans this winter. Many people find themselves taking time off to recuperate. Keeping a clean work environment can help reduce the number of sick days your employees take off, increasing productivity and improving health.
The Cost of Employee Sick Days
A 2013 study found that the cost of sick days really adds up. Each year, the US economy loses $84 billion in worker productivity due to illness. Salaried employees tend to take more sick time, on average, than workers who are paid per service. Employees of all stripes cost various industries billions of dollars a year in lost productivity.
For example, nurses and clerical workers miss one day of work every two months due to illness at a cost of $8.1 billion. Attorneys, engineers, and other professionals take enough sick time to cost their industries $24.2 billion a year.
Keeping Workers Healthy and Productive
The best way to counteract the effect illness has on worker productivity is to improve their health. There are many ways to help employees stay happy and healthy, even during a severe flu season.
The major benefit most companies offer is a comprehensive health insurance plan. Most include coverage for preventative medicine, urgent care visits, and drug coverage. Many companies provide training in occupational health and ergonomic office equipment to help employees avoid workplace injury.
Another important way to improve worker health and increase productivity is to make the workplace a clean, safe place for employees. Not only does it pay off to dust, vacuum, and sanitize surfaces regularly, using all-natural cleaning products to do so can pay dividends, too.
Conventional cleaning products are full of harsh chemicals that can harm the skin, eyes, and respiratory tracts of those who use them. A worker who wipes her desk with a bleach-based product before lunch likely ingests a bit of that bleach when she places her apple on the desk, then takes a bite. Workers in the service industry often use potent chemicals in their daily tasks. They are also at risk of illness due to their exposure to these products.
Companies can now opt to ditch their conventional cleaning products for all-natural options. These potent cleaners are powerful enough to scrub away grime, grease, and germs, but pose little or no health risk to those using them.
Switching to these green cleaning products may help decrease incidences of illness. To learn more about your options for commercial-grade natural cleaning products, contact me today.
Here’s to breathing easy and living life to the fullest!
Gene Wood, Life’s Pure Balance